Lumos Welcomes Inclusion of Families in UN Development Goals
J.K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos, has applauded the decision of the United Nations (UN) to include “families” in its 15-year sustainable development goals for its member states.
Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) make up Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which will be put to a vote by the UN General Assembly in September. These SDGs will help to influence the priorities of all countries, including how their aid is spent.
This change is significant for Lumos and other organizations like it since it will help “to support the argument that the nurturing of children in a family should always be a development priority and will provide a basis for Lumos and others to monitor the progress of nations in delivering the targets for children enshrined in the SDGs.”
Lumos Managing Director, Sir Roger Singleton, said of the decision:
There is a compelling body of evidence that children develop to their full potential in families, not in impersonal institutions. That is why we welcome mention of families in a UN blueprint for international development. The SDGs, in particular, potentially offer a great step forward in counting and addressing the needs of children with disabilities, who are heavily over-represented in institutions.
Gaining the acknowledgement in this important document that we must work to provide children and youth with a nurturing environment that includes cohesive communities and families is the result of the hard work of many individuals and organisations. We are grateful to them and to those responsible for drafting the final text.
You can read the official press release from Lumos below.